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Car Fire In Parking Garage At Retirement Facility

Car Fire
Parking Garage Fire
June 28, 2017 - At 2:48 pm on Wednesday, the Mercer Island Fire Department responded to reports of smoke coming from a parking garage of a retirement facility at the 2900 block of 76th Ave S.E.  As units were in route to the incident, additional reports were received indicating a car was on fire in the parking garage of the building.  The alarm was immediately upgraded and additional units were requested. Two staff members tried to extinguish the fire with portable fire extinguishers with limited success prior to the arrival of the fire units.
Arriving on scene within minutes, Firefighters noticed a car fire burning within the  garage causing a heavy smoke conditions, but were able to extinguish this fire with no extension beyond the vehicle in the parking garage. The staff, and residents, were alerted to shelter in place and close all windows and doors. The sprinkler system within the structure was activated and assisted with extinguishment of the fire, along with a single attack hoseline. 

The four-story retirement facility was occupied with 47 residents and approximately 20 staff members when the fire started. The building sustained limited damage caused by smoke. Two staff members were taken to a local hospital for smoke inhalation. No residents or firefighters were injured. Three Mercer Island, three Bellevue fire units, and three Ambulances were used to mitigate this incident. 



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